USDA: Rain & Snow Expected for the U.S. Northern Tier

April 5, 2013 03:24 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, chilly conditions persist, especially across the region’s northern tier. "Spring fieldwork remains at a virtual standstill in many areas due to low soil temperatures and—in parts of the southern Corn Belt —wet conditions," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA reports near- to above-normal temperatures continue in most areas, despite an increase in cloudiness. "A storm system is beginning to take shape across the northern Intermountain West, resulting in scattered showers in the Northwest," USDA adds. Meanwhile, spring fieldwork continues to advance in California and the Southwest, it continues.

On the Plains, USDA reports mostly dry weather accompanies a warming trend. "Warmth is especially notable on the High Plains, where today’s high temperatures will exceed 80°F as far north as southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado," USDA explains. Cloudiness is increasing across the Northern Plains in advance on an approaching storm, USDA contintinues.

In the South, USDA says cool weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm. "However, rain showers linger in the southern Atlantic region, mainly across Georgia and Florida," USDA reports. Showers are especially beneficial across Florida’s peninsula, where drought has boosted irrigation demands a nd increased the risk of spring wildfires, according to USDA.

In its outlook USDA says a storm currently developing over the northern Intermountain West will move eastward, reaching the Great Lakes region by Sunday. "Rain and snow showers will accompany the storm’s track across the nation’s northern tier," USDA explains. By early next week, USDA says a more significant storm system will evolve across the Central and Southern Plains. "The second system will reach the upper Great Lakes region by mid-week," USDA adds. Late-season snow can be expected from central portions of the Rockies and High Plains into the upper Midwest, USDA reports. Rain will fall across the remainder of the Central Plains and Midwest, it continues. "Along the storm’s trailing cold front, locally severe thunderstorms will affect parts of the South," USDA says. In the storm’s wake, cold weather will return to the Plains and the West, according to USDA.


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